What is this tile-based Board Game?
January 31, 2014 10:25 PM   Subscribe

What is the board game in this picture? Things I can tell from the picture: the main board is 8x8, tiles come in two colors, the tiles have writing on them (I think it's hiragana but I can't make most of it out), there is a secondary board (or possibly just piece holder?) which is 10x10 which only seems to have pieces of one color.

I didn't take this picture myself and don't have a better version or more information except that I think it was taken in Tokyo. It looks like King's Cribbage is kind of similar (two-colored wood tiles with writing), but the board size is wrong and I don't think the board could get that dense. I also checked this list, but the few likely things I found (Vice-Versa, for one) weren't really close enough (though it's entirely possible I missed something).
posted by 23 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (5 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe some sort of dual purpose travel set- they're using it to play Othello on the right and the other board is for some variant of shogi?
posted by Esteemed Offendi at 12:23 AM on February 1, 2014

I'm pretty sure the board further away from the camera is being used to hold some kind of Supply, and the real game is taking place on the near board. I can't see the symbols very well, but could it be a Japanese word game, akin maybe to Scrabble?
posted by JHarris at 12:55 AM on February 1, 2014

Well, I spent most of my insomnia last night searching for what this could possibly be. Nothing like this is available from any importer of Asian board games I could find. No searches in English were able to turn up anything even remotely similar. I also struck out poking around on sites in Japanese.

This is going to drive me mad.
posted by ob1quixote at 4:38 PM on February 1, 2014

I've done some minor searching and turned up negative myself.
posted by JHarris at 5:14 PM on February 1, 2014

You might consider making an account at BoardGameGeek and asking here: http://boardgamegeek.com/forum/743500/abstract-games/general
posted by meinvt at 8:39 PM on February 1, 2014 [1 favorite]

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